ROSEN COMMEMORATES NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE LONG-TERM VAWA REAUTHORIZATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03), a member of the Congressional Task Force to End Domestic Violence, released the following statement today commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Rosen attended the 2018 Annual Domestic Violence Memorial Ceremony at the Southern Nevada Family Justice Center earlier this morning.
“Nevada consistently ranks among the worst states for fatalities resulting from domestic violence,” said Rosen. “Earlier this year, I succeeded in making sure my amendment to close a dangerous loophole and make domestic violence a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice was included in the latest defense authorization package and signed into law. I’m also working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure a long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act so that we can continue funding programs that support Nevadans who are affected by domestic violence."
BACKGROUND: Rosen is a member of the Democratic Women’s Working Group and is a co-sponsor the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.5341), legislation that would reauthorize programs that prioritize the handling of unprocessed DNA in states where there are rape kit backlogs. Rosen is also a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Veterans Act (H.R. 6869), which would require the VA to better coordinate with and provide training to local domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers so that veterans are identified when seeking support and are informed of the range of services provided by the VA.
In May, Rosen successfully passed an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to make domestic violence a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that was later signed into law in August. The amendment was based on bipartisan legislation Rosen introduced with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) in December 2017 and would prevent convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms by making domestic violence its own specific criminal offense, closing a dangerous loophole in the UCMJ. Prior to the enactment of this year’s NDAA, a domestic violence conviction was categorized as assault because an article for domestic violence did not exist in the military code.
Rosen also helped introduce a bill to codify Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors and earlier this year voted in favor of bipartisan legislation to provide state and local prosecutors additional resources to eliminate the rape kit backlog. Last month, Rosen co-sponsored the Survivors’ Access to Support Care Act (H.R. 6387), bipartisan legislation that would provide grants to states to identify areas of improvement in health care delivery services for sexual assault survivors.